CENTRES FOR TEACHING PEACE

PROCESS DEVELOPMENT

 

[Note: this is a Work-In-Process.  We learn from every new Centre For Teaching Peace created.  Everyone has a unique piece of the puzzle to bring, which we recognize and honour.  Are we doing our best?  That is our quest – we invite your consideration and contribution to help us serve in the highest and best interests of the Universe and all concerned.]

 

SO, HOW CAN WE GET INVOLVED? 

Our mantra is “Teach Peace – Be Peace – Reach Peace”.

First, let’s remind ourselves that this is a learning process.  “The most effective learning is self appropriated, self directed learning”, said Carl Rogers.  Using myself as an example, I wished to make a difference with my life and help build peace in my community and world.  This initially meant learning all that I could about peace building.  We have put all that we have learned over the past 15 years onto our web site at http://www.peace.ca so that you may learn it in a fraction of the time.  We are also in the process of developing this series of videos – effectively “Everything You Wanted To Know About Peace But Did Not Know Who To Ask!”

Secondly, the best way to learn is to teach: the idea of teaching challenges us to refine our learning and put it into practice.  We believe in the power of Service Learning (also known as Praxis).  For example, we have employed numerous university students and young adults in our Peace Education Conferences and Peace Cafés – they report that they have learned more practicing peace in these settings where they organize and lead workshops than in other venues.

Thirdly, it is a small step from Service Learning/Teaching to becoming a Servant Leader.  A Servant Leader is a person who leads by example.  In fact, we already are teachers and leaders since we affect others (both positively and negatively – the goal here is to improve as teachers and leaders).  We have found that Teaching = Empowering = Leading.  We have also found that Servant Leadership (ref. http://www.peace.ca/servantleadership.htm ) is the form of leadership most complimentary to the Culture of Peace Program.  It is about leading by example, and it requires us to “Be Peace”.  In other words, we must model the Culture of Peace of which we speak.  Otherwise no one is going to ‘buy’ what we have to ‘sell’.  As Gandhi said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world”.

Peace is a journey, not a destination.  If we follow the Peace path, we will reach ever increasing levels of peace, love, harmony, consciousness and happiness while making a significant difference with our life and in the lives of others.

It is our responsibility to use our discernment to choose which choices and actions are right for us (i.e. Follow your truths).  As Buddha said, "Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense."

 

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